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WHERE FREDDIE ACTUALLY USED TO PLAY - Zanzibar Town

WHERE FREDDIE ACTUALLY USED TO PLAY

THE BIRTHPLACE OF FREDDIE MERCURY HOUSE


Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara right here in Stone Town. His father worked at the British Colonial Office and young Farrokh was sent to school in England where he learned to play the piano. Because of the 1964 Zanzibar Revolution, his family fled permanently to England and the rest is show business and music history. A good guide in Stone Town will take you to his humble home down one of the many narrow alleys. About 6 families live inside the apartment building now. It is so humble that I did not take a picture of it or even inside out of respect for the current residents.
There are 3 gift shops that have a nice Brass Plaque near the entrance that grandly states that the building was the home of Freddie Mercury. It is a total lie. They invented this for the tourists who come on cruise ships and only see a small amount of Stone Town. Unfortunately there are some tips that repeat this lie here on VT

**The photos are just of normal housing in Stone Town.**


Unique Suggestions:
If a guide takes you to a gift shop and says this is where Freddie was born, get a new guide! Quickly!


Fun Alternatives:
Tell your guide you want to see Freddie’s real house. People live upstairs and it is a tall building. No signs, nothing to buy.

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2012
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